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Foreigners And Sailors, 1914–24

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British interests in the Ottoman Empire had been placed in the charge of Henry Morgenthau, ambassador in Turkey of the neutral United States, whose mission in the Palazzo Corpi was very close to the British Embassy. Initially the Turks were particularly exercised "absolutely wild", said Morgenthau by knowledge that the Russians were getting information about the movements of their warships into the Black Sea from a clandestine wireless in the city, and a death penalty was announced for any person found to be concealing one. All in all, foreigners had served British interests in Turkey well; so, too, had the socially inferior consular staff and the despised dragomans. Foreigners had played their part in support of British interests in Turkey during the war and sailors had done the same during the first two years of the armistice. After this the diplomats had reasserted their influence, and to good effect.

Keywords: British ambassador; British embassy; foreigners; Ottoman empire; Turkey



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